Are Online Learning, Virtual Learning, E-Learning, Distance Learning, and Blended Learning the Same?
Learning online is a vast landscape. If asked, most of us would describe learning online in one specific way: learning on a computer. But learning online is more nuanced and includes a spectrum of characteristics. The terms online learning, virtual learning, e-learning, distance learning, and blended learning are unique; each refers to ...
Instructional Strategies for Successful Virtual Lessons
Part 1 of 2
I love talking about instruction. Exploring ideas for lessons, seeing what works, reflecting and revising, are all exciting topics to me. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how great instructional strategies from the elementary and secondary levels could translate to the higher education level. With student needs changing and the need for more comprehensive ...
5 Tips for Promoting Faculty Wellness in Higher Ed
I heard once that being a college professor is, objectively, the least stressful job available. Looking through multiple lists from career resource sites highlighting low-stress jobs, the job of professor is almost always in the top 10. The flexible hours and work-life balance, connecting with students and building relationships with them, the enjoyment of inquiry and ...
Five Reasons Why FERPA is Important
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, passed in 1974, is the guiding legislation for what educational bodies can and cannot do with student information. Similar to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in healthcare, FERPA stipulates that institutions must protect the privacy of student records, and it also governs the release of and access ...
Six Ways to Know You're Following FERPA
FERPA is a privacy law that protects student information and stipulates that education institutions must protect the confidentiality of student records. It also governs the release of and access to students’ education records. Students may access their records at any time, but institutions cannot release student information without explicit permission. FERPA is crucial legislation because it keeps non-education ...
Fostering Long-Term Motivation Part 1: Academic Advisors, Early Enthusiasm, and Goal-Setting
This blog is a series on postsecondary students’ long-term motivation during their degree programs and how student service departments can foster motivation at all points of the student’s journey.
Postsecondary academic journeys are simply exciting; embarking on a degree program is an entirely new experience and one fraught with potential. Whether a student is joining ...